Beware of Hypomania

Although mania might be a feeling that some people with bipolar disorder might seek, it can be dangerous. People in a manic state often do things they regret. They take risks they normally wouldn't take or spend money they do not have. Hypomania symptoms are signs that come before mania. If you recognize these signs, … Continue reading Beware of Hypomania

Bipolar Bandit’s Heartfelt Letter to Her Dad

This is a picture of my dad and mom, my biggest advocate who lost her battle with cancer. She wrote several blogs on Bipolar Bandit that can be found by searching for "writings" If you are having a hard time right now and don't have the strong support system i have, please know there are … Continue reading Bipolar Bandit’s Heartfelt Letter to Her Dad

Guest Post: Mania: The Noise inside my Head by Deb W

After recently re-reading An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison, I was shocked to remember how intense bipolar mania was.  It was a nearly constant companion for decades.  My memories of it seemed to have slipped away, but they could not possibly be gone.  I had to have put them aside in one of the convenient little boxes I use for … Continue reading Guest Post: Mania: The Noise inside my Head by Deb W

The Worst Things About Having Bipolar Disorder

Beware:  This is a rather bleak blog, but felt that the reality needed to be spoken. Overall, I would have to say the worst thing about it is feeling isolated and losing friends.  I am blessed with a husband and family who supports me, but I know many people are not so lucky.  I was … Continue reading The Worst Things About Having Bipolar Disorder

When Using Your Manic Energy Can Go Too Far

  Do you know that feeling when you start feeling like you might be getting hypomanic? Do you know how when you feel that way, you have all that excess energy?   You suddenly want to take on all the things you have been wanting to and have either been depressed or just did not have … Continue reading When Using Your Manic Energy Can Go Too Far

Bipolar Bandit’s Story

DEALING WITH DEPRESSION FOR THE FIRST TIME  I have written a brief story about my battle with my mental illness, but have decided to elaborate on it and break it down to focus on small parts of my life at a time. I hope that by writing these particular blogs I can help at least someone … Continue reading Bipolar Bandit’s Story

How Do People with Bipolar Disorder Deal with Things They’ve Done While in a Manic Episode?

I have had several manic episodes in my life. Some of the things I have done, I don’t remember. However, I do remember bits and pieces of each manic episode.  Over time, it is easier to deal with them. I usually sink into a deep depression after my manic episodes so I keep focusing on … Continue reading How Do People with Bipolar Disorder Deal with Things They’ve Done While in a Manic Episode?

My Mom’s and My Recollection of my First Manic Episode

My Recollection: Starting at the age of 13, I started getting depressed for no reason for about two weeks at a time.  I saw a psychiatrist and was in a group with other teenagers who were having difficulty.  I was not put on medicine. The appointments with my psychiatrist did not help because I was … Continue reading My Mom’s and My Recollection of my First Manic Episode

My Story with Bipolar Disorder Divided Part 11: The time I disappeared

I had gone up to see my family and took the bus. My dad said later that when he said good bye he wasn't sure if I was ok. I was sitting on the bus when a guy dressed all in yellow sat down next to me.  Immediately, I felt that the two of us … Continue reading My Story with Bipolar Disorder Divided Part 11: The time I disappeared

My Story with Bipolar Disorder Divided Part 15: Being Odd at the Second School I Taught At

I enjoyed teaching at the second school.  It often stressed me out, but for the most part I held it together.  There were days that I was depressed and it was really hard to go to work. I was on autopilot.  There were other days that I was able to use my hypo manic energy … Continue reading My Story with Bipolar Disorder Divided Part 15: Being Odd at the Second School I Taught At